Friday, 27 April 2012

Scandinavian style - Hoptimists

Last Monday, me and a colleague from language school went to a Danish shop, with things for the home, to make time until our next lesson. While strolling through the place, she called my attention to these little, funny, happy dudes called the Hoptimists. In the following minutes we must have whacked more than a dozen of them in the head to make them bounce up and down, while giggling like children. 

I got curious about the little guys and went on the internet to find out more about them. As it appears they were first created by the danish designer Hans Gustav Ehrenreich in 1968. They came in happy colours and the whole purpose of them was to put a smile in one's face and spread joy. Today, their family has been extended and they are produced in more different models, materials and colours. My favourites are Bimble and Bumble made of wood.

To find more about Bimble, Bumble and the rest of the family go to their home page here.

all images via Hoptimist



2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12.6.12

    My father bought a red wide-eyed one of these for me when I was 5, when there was a Scandinavian trade show in Chicago in 1968. I had it until it broke 40 years later. I am so glad to see this web site and to get another red Bimble! I thought I'd never see him again! Thank you! He was one of my favorite things--I carted him everywhere I went for my whole life. : )

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  2. Thank you for your comment :) and I'm glad I could help a little.

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